'Wanna' Ransomware Outbreak – Sophos Responds

What can you do to prepare for the next major ransomware attack?

On Friday, May 12, a ransomware program targeting Microsoft Windows machines infected more than 230,000 computers in over 150 countries – including parts of Britain's National Health Service (NHS). Find out what Sophos has done to combat this attack and what you can do to prevent the next ransomware attack.

You'll also find out how NHS customers can download our new next-gen anti-ransomware, anti-exploit protection, Intercept X, free of charge for 30 days to set up immediate protection from ongoing threats.

Sophos in Healthcare

The NHS are custodians of enormous amounts of patient data, worth a fortune on the dark web. Lack of adequate IT security is pulling the healthcare industry deeper into online danger – innovative technologies deliver better healthcare efficiencies but the risks are growing as well, with soaring numbers of internet-connected medical devices and increased use of BYOD policies. More and more healthcare practitioners are dealing with patient data on their personal devices while so much more healthcare technology is connected to the web at all times.

Sophos can help you protect your patients’ privacy and your organisation’s reputation. At Sophos we know that the solution to complexity is not more complexity. We tackle security challenges with clarity and confidence, knowing that simple security is better security.

One solution for your multiple
needs - Sophos.

  • Stop Ransomware

    The high value of sensitive medical data is making the healthcare sector a favorite target for ransomware. Sophos Intercept X prevents the malicious, spontaneous encryption of data by all forms of ransomware—even trusted files or processes that have been hijacked—with its CryptoGuard feature. CryptoGuard works on your endpoints and servers, detecting and stopping ransomware from encrypting your files. It complements your existing security, blocking processes that attempt to make unauthorized modifications to your data. Once ransomware is intercepted, CryptoGuard reverts your files back to their safe states.

  • Take control of your remote sites

    The healthcare threat landscape is constantly changing and so you need to be able to adapt quickly so that you can manage new sites and keep your networks secure. Our SG UTM, amongst other things, provides an easy way to enable you to take back control of remote sites in conjunction with our Sophos RED devices. This solution has been particularly well received in the English primary care sector as Commissioning Support Units (CSUs) and shared services look to provide services to GP sites and Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs). Some organizations have used this solution to save money by utilizing a normal Internet connection rather than an expensive N3 breakout and sending traffic out through their main gateway. You are even able to provide wireless access at these remote sites, which can be fully-managed from your main office.

  • Full Visibility and User, App Control

    Get real-time visibility and control over users, applications, and web category across all locations in your network. Our patented Layer 8 technology gives you user-level controls over applications, bandwidth and other network resources regardless of IP address, location, network or device – giving you complete control over who is doing what in your network. You can ensure prioritized bandwidth for business-critical apps with our Traffic Shaping (QoS) feature and limit bandwidth for non-business applications.

  • Protect Patient Data

    Securing patient identifiable data (PID) is vital and healthcare organizations need to make sure that they do everything they can to stop data breaches that can lead to significant fines being imposed by the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO). We help you make sure that your data is kept secure. Our security and data protection uniquely integrates endpoint, email and web security, and network access control to deliver easy-to-use solutions that keep your data safe, wherever it goes. The Data Control module in our core antivirus engine allows the engine to check attachments to see if they contain personally-identifiable information, and allow administrators to put policies in place around the movement of this data. Sophos SafeGuard encryption offers the simplest and best data protection solution that secures data wherever it goes, when you share it or even upload onto the cloud over apps like Dropbox. Our technologies can also fit in easily with your existing workflows.

  • Get your BYOD strategy right

    Bring your own device (BYOD) is currently the most common driver for new technology deployment. But how will you secure your network if you have unmanaged devices running on it? What access should you grant an unmanaged device to your network? How can you protect users on your network when they are using an unmanaged device? There is no simple answer to BYOD, but we can help you to securely implement a BYOD device strategy in a simple way. The benefits this could bring you are numerous, in terms of overall cost savings, and all the way through to improving healthcare engagement.

  • Unprecedented Network Visibility

    Sophos’ granular and user identity-based reporting gives you visibility into your institution’s surfing trends, bandwidth and system utilization, Internet usage, intrusion alerts, and more. The reports include search engine queries and forensic reports on individual user activity, enabling you to understand behavior and take early action. Reports are generated on the SG UTM without any additional purchase required. Administrators are also able to view traffic in real time and choose to instantly block or shape that traffic. To enhance or extend your reporting needs, Sophos iView gives you an option of a dedicated reporting appliance.


What are you waiting for?

Let our experts at Sophos help to build the right solution for your needs.